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RUSH: Obama yesterday in Washington had a conference call with the National Council of Churches. He tried to refute four ‘lies’ people are telling about his health care plan. So what we did is we found audio to prove that every one of these ‘lies’ is true. I don’t have time to get started with the audio right now but one of the things that he says is… Well, rather than try to summarize this I’m just going to wait ’til we have time in the next segment to actually play these things. But he does lament all of these ludicrous ‘lies;’ the divisive, deceptive attacks on his plan; and we are our brother’s keeper and so forth. The first ‘lie’ he tackles is death panels, whether elderly people get to live or die. He said that is just ‘an extraordinary lie,’ and it’s not just the elderly and whether they live or die. It is anybody who’s sick, seriously sick, regardless of age. There can be no other way around this. This is why this man is detached. He’s not even responding to the truthful criticisms in a persuasive way. He’s sticking with his line on this from four or five months ago.

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RUSH: Let’s get into some of these lies, or Obama refuting the lies. We won’t be able to go through all of this but we’ll get a good start here. This was yesterday in Washington, a conference call, the National Council of Churches and here’s part of what he said in his opening remarks.

OBAMA: We are closer to achieving that reform than we have ever been and that’s why we’re seeing some of the divisive and deceptive attacks. You’ve heard some of them. Uh, ludicrous ideas for, ehh… Let me just give you one example. This notion that somehow we are setting up ‘death panels,’ uh, that would decide whether elderly people get to live or die. That is just an extraordinary lie.

RUSH: Look, it doesn’t say ‘death panels’ in there, but he’s going to set up a commission. He wants to take over the control which currently resides in Congress of deciding how much money is spent, Medicare and Medicaid, and on whom. That already exists! He wants to take it over from Congress, have it run out of the executive branch with a commission of people that he’s already talked about setting up making these decisions. So it doesn’t say ‘death panels’ in there but, look, common sense and common sense. You don’t spend health care money on the healthy. You don’t spend any money on the healthy. You spent it on the sick and they’re going to cut back, they have to cut back he even says we gotta get our health care costs down there’s only one way to do that and that’s stop spending as much money on the sick, and it’s just a logical progression to figure out how do you get back money being spent on the sick. But let’s use his own words.

Let’s go back to June 24th, the ABC primetime infomercial for Obama. This is the woman who stood up and said, ‘I got a 105-year-old mother. When she was 100, she needed a pacemaker, and a bunch of doctors said, ‘Naw, a hundred is too old. I’m not going to do that.’ She finally found a doctor, a specialist that would do it because this specialist recognized in this 100-year-old woman a spunk, a spirit, and a will to live. So he put the pacemaker in. And this woman shows up and actually asks Obama, the president of the United States: Are you going to allow for considerations being given to the desire to live, the spunk, the spirit of elderly people when it comes to medical procedures?

OBAMA: I don’t think that we can make judgments based on people’s ‘spirit.’ Uh, that would be, uh, a pretty subjective decision to be making. I think we have to have rules that, uh, say that, uh, we are going to provide good quality care for all people. End-of-life care is one of the most difficult sets of decisions that we’re going to have to make. But understand that those decisions are already being made in one way or another. If they’re not being made under Medicare and Medicaid, they’re being made by private insurers. At least we can let doctors know — and your mom know — that you know what, maybe this isn’t going to help. Maybe you’re better off, uhh, not having the surgery, but, uhh, taking the painkiller.

RUSH: Now, how are we supposed to interpret this? ‘Maybe you’re better off not having the surgery. Maybe we can let doctors know…’ We can let doctors know. Who? His commission. The death panel. They sure as hell are not life panels! The death panel. The commission’s going to’ let doctors know, your moms know, you know what, maybe this isn’t going to help maybe you’re better off not having the surgery,’ we say to the 100-year-old mother, grandmother, ‘maybe just take the pain pill.’ What the hell? This is clear as a bell. That’s lie one that he claims is being lied about, and we just refuted it.

We got more coming up after this.

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RUSH: Now, this next attempt by Obama to say people are lying about his plan is a little tricky here, but I’m going to make the point anyway. Here’s what Obama said on the conference call to the National Council of Churches.

OBAMA: We’ve heard that this is all designed to provide health insurance to illegal aliens, and that’s not true.

RUSH: Well, back on July 22nd at the White House, Obama said…

OBAMA: This is not just about the 47 million Americans who don’t have any health insurance at all. Reform’s about every American who has ever feared that they may lose their coverage if they become too sick, or lose their job, or change their job.

RUSH: All right, 47 million Americans. We’re not going to insure illegal aliens. Two points, we already do in several states. Do you remember, what was it, Prop 186 out here in California, Brian, was about all the health benefits and school coverage that the illegals were getting and people said, ‘No, we’re not paying for this anymore,’ and the judge said you can’t do it, it’s unconstitutional. We’re already giving health care in some states. But here’s the sticking point. The 47 uninsured figure includes about 12 to 14 million illegal aliens. If you take them out the 47 million drops proportionately and then there are young people who actively choose to not buy it. It’s not that they can’t get it. They just don’t want it.

So the number of truly uninsured people — we’ve run the numbers on this — uninsured people who want it but don’t have it is 12 million. You can insure 12 million people for one year for $30 billion, and you could take it out of the unspent stimulus money. It’s not even about insuring the uninsured. This is just a smoke screen. But if he’s going to bandy the 47 million uninsured figure around somebody’s gotta tell him that that number includes illegal aliens and that we already do. Hell, we give ’em preferential treatment on college tuition admissions, and they get health care in any number of places, especially at the emergency room. Here is another thing that really upsets Obama.

OBAMA: You’ve heard that this is all going to, uh, to mean government funding of abortion. Not true.

RUSH: You’ve heard, uh, uh. Stuttering on this one quite a bit. It’s all going to mean government funding of abortion, not true. Let’s go back, July 17th, 2007, Obama spoke to Planned Parenthood. During the Q&A, the Planned Parenthood CEO, Bryan Howard, had a question. Now, remember, Planned Parenthood is in the abortion business. Planned Parenthood supports the Obama health care plan or whatever the plan is in the House, they support the overhaul. So here’s the question from Bryan Howard, the CEO of Planned Parenthood which is in the abortion business, ‘You know that rights and access and rights and ability have to go hand in hand and we know that health care reform is an important part of your agenda. Could you talk and give us some specifics about how reproductive health care and women’s health care is going to fit into and be part of primary care for women in your plan, and how Planned Parenthood, as a safety net provider –‘ the safety net means in case you get pregnant, you don’t want to get pregnant, safety net, hey we’ll abort the kid for you. ‘– can you tell us how we are going to be a part of your safety net for women and families across the country?’

OBAMA: In my mind, uh, reproductive care is essential care. It is basic care. And so it is at the center and at the heart of the plan that I propose. Essentially what we are doing is to say that we’re going to set up a public plan that all persons and all women can access if they don’t have health insurance. It will be a plan that will provide all essential services, including reproductive services.

RUSH: There you go.

OBAMA: We also will subsidize those who prefer to stay in the private insurance market, except the insurers are going to have to abide by the same rules in terms of providing comprehensive care, including reproductive care.

RUSH: Sorry, Mr. President, we’re not lying. I mean not only is he saying that all persons and all women can access reproductive care. We already cover every other form of reproductive care: prenatal, postnatal, we cover all that. The only thing that can be talked about here is abortion, and when Planned Parenthood’s involved, we know that they’re asking here about abortion, and they’re talking in code lingo. So, Mr. President, it is not a lie that federal tax dollars are going to be used to pay for abortions and not just in the public option. He says here that we will subsidize those who prefer to stay in the private insurance market except the insurers are going to have to abide by the same rules, they’re going to have to provide insurance for abortion as well. He can tell us that we’re lying, but he’s the one who is. And this is what I mean when I say he’s detached. He is just not addressing the realities of this as the realities are being thrown up. We got one more of these to go, and he says you’ve heard that this is a government takeover of health care. That’s not true. Here’s cut 13 where he says, oh, yeah, it is government.

OBAMA: My commitment is to make sure that we’ve got universal health care for all Americans by the end of my first term as president. I don’t think we’re going to be able to eliminate employer coverage immediately. There’s going to be potentially some transition process. I can envision a decade out or 15 years out or 20 years out.

RUSH: So he’s God’s partner in life and death, the problem is we can trust God. We cannot trust Obama. He is lying through his teeth about this. You’ve heard the government takeover health care, not true. But he wants single payer. He wants it by the end of his first term and certainly in 15 or 20 years.

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RUSH: Look, folks, even if abortion and illegal coverage is not actually in the House bill, if it’s not mentioned, the Supreme Court will see to it they get coverage. The Supreme Court’s already ruled that illegal aliens have all citizen rights, and Obama knows this. We have noted before he always hid behind eventual SCOTUS rulings when voting for or against something like infanticide. He always said the Supreme Court will strike it down. He’s doing the same thing here but not admitting it. He fully expects all of this to happen.

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